Spending up a mere $9 per person

MARTA STEEMAN
Last updated 14:36 14/08/2012

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Canterbury shoppers are still keeping a fairly tight rein on their spending, latest figures shows.

The retail figures show we each spent about $9 more in the three months to June than in the three months to March.

Statistics New Zealand figures reveal a small increase overall in spending in Canterbury in the three months to June.

The rise was only 0.2 per cent in the June quarter over the March quarter, which is $5 million more (seasonally adjusted).

In total, Canterbury shoppers spent $2.31 billion in the June quarter.

Spending increased more around the rest of the South Island in the June quarter, by 1.6 per cent.

The national figures shows a big lift in the number of car sales. Volumes were up 7.3 per cent nationally, the largest quarterly increase since 1995.

Christchurch Car Yard owner Wayne Maynard said sales in the three months to the end of June were only slightly ahead of the same three months a year ago.

His cars range from $4000 to $19,000.

Maynard described the car market as '' quiet''.

There had been more four-wheel-drive sales, probably because of the bad state of Christchurch roads.

''It's quiet across the board in retail in Christchurch. Everybody is saying it,'' Maynard said.

A few car yards had relocated and a few left the industry because of the earthquakes, but it was a transient industry anyway, Maynard said.

''I've been selling since 1969. I've seen it all happen.''

Nationwide, the June quarter retail figures were regarded as a solid after a drop in the first quarter of the year.

Sales volumes rose in 11 of the 15 sectors monitored by Statistics NZ, particularly vehicles and car parts.

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